Oasis Church (Los Angeles)
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The church began as a Bible-study group of ten people in Beverly Hills, California. From that community, Philip and Holly Wagner decided to found a church, which had about thirty initial parishioners. One of the original members of the Bible-study group was singer Donna Summer, and more recent members include Viola Davis. The congregation moved to the Oasis Theatre in the 1990s, and to the Wilshire Christian Church during the 2010s. By the 2010s, the church had more than three thousand members. It is known for the diversity of its fellowship. The church issues funds to support international poverty initiatives, including care for widows, orphans, as well as clean drinking water projects. The church also sponsored the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jesus Christ, unveiled in 1998, with the intention of creating a “Walk of Faith”. The star was located in front of one of the church’s previous locations.
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